Voluntary Simplicity

Think about it this way: if you buy a $4 coffee every workday, that’s approximately $1000 a year spent on coffee. If you make $10 an hour, that equates to 100 hours of work just to buy coffee. Voluntary Simplicity is about making conscious choices.
 
In 1995, my husband Jon and I signed up to take … Read More.

People’s Food Co-op SNAP Matching Donation Drive

People’s Coop thinks that having access to healthy food that you can trust is super important. And it’s something that seems very relevant for our community to keep in mind this holiday. Every week People’s gives away over $300 in funds to folks using their EBT cards at thier Farmers’ Market.
According to the U.S. Department … Read More.

Change the World: Investing for a Fossil Fuel Free Future

[ April 23, 2015; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Celebrate Earth Day and  Change the World:
Investing for a Fossil Fuel Free Future 
April 23rd; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ecotrust Building 
721 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland
Climate change is one of the concerns driving money into Sustainable, Responsible and Impact investing. SRI funds have grown by 76 percent between 2012-2014. (See USSIF 2014 Trends Report).  Many of those … Read More.

Invest in Women, Change the World

[ March 26, 2015; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Aline Your Investments with Your Values and Celebrate National Women’s History Month
The Portland Office of Progressive Asset Management is offering a series of workshops on Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing.  The first in the series:
Investing in Women
March 26th at 6 pm
First Unitarian Church
1034 SW 13th Avenue, Portland OR
Hear three national speakers present information about Investing … Read More.

Where did my interest go?

It’s painfully obvious to more and more Americans that the interest from their bank accounts, money market funds, and other fixed income investments has plummeted in recent years.
Why the huge drop? Simply put, because the U.S. Treasury, the bedrock upon which most interest-paying and fixed-income investments are based, has purposely dropped rates paid on the … Read More.

Sterling College Completes Fossil Fuel Divestment

Sterling College, an environmentally focused, liberal arts institution located in Northern Vermont,  announced that they have completed the divestment of its endowment from the fossil fuel industry. As of July 1, 2013, the college’s endowment is invested in a fossil fuel free portfolio at Trillium Asset Management in Boston, MA.
President Matthew Derr said, “Sterling College … Read More.

The Basics of an Energy Efficient Mortgage

Going green has many benefits. Not only does it lower your impact on the environment, but it could potentially save you money. When it comes to your home, it can be difficult to make your house more energy efficient. Luckily, with an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM), you can borrow more money to help you upgrade … Read More.